Help to stop smoking (Asthma)

2) Smoking and asthma

People who continue to smoke and have asthma will have:

  • Worse asthma symptoms due to irritation from the smoke.
  • More hospital admissions than non smokers.
  • Risk more lung damage including developing COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
  • Reduced effect from inhalers and other medicine.
  • You may need higher does of preventer medicines to control symptoms.

Smoking worsens symptoms:

  • Increases frequency of inflammation.
  • Inflammation can be more severe.
  • There can be more symptoms.
  • Reduces your quality of life.

Smoking changes the lung:

  • Smoking alters airway by inflammation which in turn can lead to permanent damage after repeated exacerbations or flare ups.
  • Airways become narrower.
  • Gradual worsening of lung function.

Smoking affects the medicine you take:

  • Smoking affects the way some medicines work reducing the response and effectiveness of corticosteroids.

If you have asthma you should not smoke.